Migratory Bird Display Open At South Australian Museum Until 15 April 2018

Migratory Bird Display Open At South Australian Museum Until 15 April 2018

South Australia Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter

Migratory Bird Display Flies Into South Australian Museum

Victor P Taffa

A new bird display at the South Australian Museum celebrates the monumental voyage that migratory shorebirds take to reach the safety of the coastline of South Australia each year.

A Global Journey: Migratory Shorebirds on the Adelaide Plains includes an array of bird specimens, imagery and interactive materials.

“This display raises awareness about the arduous expedition thousands of migratory shorebirds take each year to reach the safety of the Bird Sanctuary in South Australia.” Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said.

“Winaityinaityi Pangkara is a globally significant site, as it is part of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, which as the biggest migratory bird route is used by over 5 Million shorebirds annually.”

 

Narration by Kaurna leader Jeffrey Newchurch explains the connection that the Kaurna people the First Nation owners of the Adelaide Plains have continued to hold with the lands and waters of South Australia’s unique environment for thousands of years.

“South Australian Museum’s Ornithology Collection is highly prized and includes over 62,000 bird specimens of significant historic and scientific value.” South Australian Museum Director Brian Oldman said.

Free display is located on the ground floor of South Australian Museum and is open until Sunday 15 April 2018.

Background

Each year thousands of migratory shorebirds travel record-breaking distances from breeding grounds in the Arctic to reach the safe haven of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park Winaityinaityi Pangkara (pronounced Wee-nay-chi-nay-chi Pang-ka-ra).

This area provides refuge for both local and migratory birds, and stretches along 50 km of the South Australian coastline from St. Kilda to Parham.

Display has been developed through a partnership between the South Australian Museum and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.